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Where does Orrin Hatch really stand on the issues? Who is FreedomWorks? Why don’t they want Utah to lead the Senate Finance Committee? Why do they hate Mitt Romney & Orrin Hatch? FreedomsWorks’ Top 10 Lies Revealed

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Revealing FreedomWorks’ top ten lies about Senator Orrin Hatch:

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It doesn’t matter if Orrin Hatch or Olympia Snowe is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee because they vote the same.

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Senator Hatch supported the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler.

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Senator Hatch supported the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Senator Hatch supported reauthorizing the TARP bailout.

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Senator Hatch created the Department of Education. p g . 3 Senator Hatch has a liberal voting record on judicial nominations.

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Senator Hatch does not want to balance the budget.

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Senator Hatch supported a government takeover of the health care system.

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Senator Hatch always votes to raise the debt ceiling.

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Senator Hatch doesn’t support a ban on earmarks.

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FreedomWorks Exposed. A vote-by-vote rebuttal of FreedomWorks’ lies, deceptions, omissions, guile and hypocrisy.

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Who is FreedomWorks? Why don’t they want Utah to lead the Senate Finance Committee? Why do they hate Mitt Romney and Orrin Hatch?

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Revealing FreedomWorks’ top ten lies about Sen

1.

It doesn’t matter if Orrin Hatch or Olympia Snowe is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee because they vote the same.

FreedomWorks goes through some mathematical gymnastics in order to argue that the Senate Finance Committee won’t be any less conservative if Senator Snowe is chairman instead of Senator Hatch. However, closer examination of these three diagrams, which show how often Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee and Olympia Snowe have voted the same as liberal Democrat Senator Harry Reid, sheds light on their bald-faced lie.

Reid

Hatch

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Lee

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Snowe

Source: www.opencongress.org

Orrin Hatch has voted with Harry Reid less than 40% of the time during his service in Congress, most of the overlap coming from bipartisan procedural votes. Mike Lee, in just his first year, also has a vote overlap record with Harry Reid below 40%. However, Olympia Snowe has voted with Harry Reid 62% of the time during her career. In fact, she was the only Republican in the Senate Finance Committee to vote for Obamacare.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) being congratulated by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) after voting for Obamacare. (October 12, 2009 - Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

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ator Orrin Hatch:

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Senator Hatch supported the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler.

FreedomWorks falsely claims that Senator Hatch supported the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. ere was only one vote in the Senate on legislation to authorize the auto bailout, and Senator Hatch voted to filibuster that legislation. Source: Senate vote #215 (12/11/2008)

3.

Senator Hatch supported the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

FreedomWorks falsely claims that Senator Hatch voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008. e legislation that authorized the bailout was the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008. ough the majority of Senate Republicans voted to pass this legislation, Senator Hatch was one of just 13 senators who voted against final passage of the bill. Source: Senate vote #186 (7/26/2008)

4.

Senator Hatch supported reauthorizing the TARP bailout.

FreedomWorks is falsely claiming Senator Hatch supported reauthorizing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Senator Hatch spoke against reauthorization on the floor of the Senate. However, it is noted in the Congressional record he voted “present” as part of the time-honored Senate tradition of giving “live pair,” which is when one senator on one side of an issue is hospitalized and another senator on the other side of the issue is chosen to be a “live pair” and simply vote “present.” is Senate tradition ensures that in America, hospitalization doesn’t determine legislation. Furthermore, Senator Hatch’s live pair vote had no bearing on the failure of the vote to prohibit the reauthorization of TARP because the measure failed by ten votes. Source: Senate vote #5 (1/15/2009)

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Revealing FreedomWorks’ top ten lies about Sen

5.

Senator Hatch created the Department of Education.

e legislation that established the Department of Education was the Department of Education Organization Act of 1979. Senator Hatch voted against final passage of this legislation and against the establishment of the Department of Education by President Carter. Source: Senate vote #309 (9/24/1979)

6.

Senator Hatch has a liberal voting record on judicial nominations.

FreedomWorks claims that Senator Hatch’s record on judicial nominations is less than conservative. Yet, even Senator Hatch’s strongest critics would argue that such a claim has no basis in reality. During the infamous debate over the nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, Senator Hatch was universally considered to be Judge Bork’s fiercest advocate in the Senate1. Senator Hatch was also the most outspoken senator in defense of Justice Clarence omas during his conJudges. Judges. Judges. tentious confirmation hearings with Anita Hill2. When A third of the US government Senate Democrats were going to unprecedented lengths is the judiciary, and the man to filibuster President George W. Bush’s conservative who has done more for judicial nominees, Senator Hatch led the fight to get getting the right people on them confirmed3. Furthermore, Senator Hatch spoke the federal bench? Orrin strongly against liberal judicial nominees like Sonya 4 5 Hatch from the great state of Utah. Sotomayor and Elana Kagan .

– Laura Ingraham Conservative Talk Radio Host

Sources: 1 http://www.nytimes.com/1987/09/11/us/hatch-assails-aba-over-vote-on-bork.html 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JBYBhpXZAs 3 http://old.nationalreview.com/comment/hatch200501120729.asp 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuw-LPHC35E 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzdTpRQH2zc

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ator Orrin Hatch:

7.

Senator Hatch does not want to balance the budget.

Hearing FreedomWorks talk, we’d think that Senator Hatch is a recent convert to the effort of getting our nation’s fiscal house in order. Again, nothing can be further from the truth. roughout his tenure, Senator Hatch has been the Senate’s most outspoken and consistent advocate in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. He has been the lead sponsor or a co-sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment 24 times. Once, he passed it with a two-thirds vote in the Senate only to have Speaker Tip O’Neill kill it in the House. Another time, when Republicans had the votes in the House to pass it, Senator Hatch was only one vote short of passing it in the Senate. It failed only after big labor unions twisted the arm of a key Democrat senator just moments before the vote on the Senate floor.

If every member of the

Senate were like Orrin Hatch, we’d be arguing over how to deal with a federal surplus, and that’s why I like to think

of Orrin as ‘Mr. Balanced Budget.’

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoIvcQzIuD4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Revealing FreedomWorks’ top ten lies about Sen

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Senator Hatch supported a government takeover of the health care system.

In referencing legislation introduced during the debate over the Clinton Health Care Plan – which would have created a socialistic, single-payer health care system – FreedomWorks completely mischaracterizes Senator Hatch’s position. At that time, Senator Hatch co-sponsored several Republican alternatives so that Democrats wouldn’t be able to claim the Republicans did not have a plan. e strategy worked, and Hillarycare was defeated. e Republican legislation with an individual mandate was promptly abandoned and never came up for debate or for a vote. Socialist health care was defeated for the moment thanks to the strategy employed by Republicans. Only after Obamacare was introduced was the idea of an individual mandate seriously debated in the Senate. Senator Hatch was the first member of Congress to publicly question the constitutionality of the mandate1. He voted against it in the Senate Finance Committee2. He voted against it on the floor of the Senate3. And most recently, he sponsored bills to repeal Obamacare4. Sources: 1 http://cnsnews.com/node/56447 2 Senate Finance Committee (10/12/2009) 3 Senate vote #396 (12/24/2009) 4 Hatch’s American Liberty Restoration Act (S.19) and American Job Protection Act (S.20) in 2011. Joe Marquette/AP

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, holding a copy of the Clinton Health Care Plan, kicks off a three-state sales campaign during a visit to Johns Hopkins University, Oct. 28, 1993.

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ator Orrin Hatch:

9.

Senator Hatch always votes to raise the debt ceiling.

FreedomWorks only talks about Orrin Hatch raising the debt ceiling. ey won’t say it, but the truth is Senator Hatch has voted against raising the debt ceiling 16 times in his career. He voted against raising the debt limit under Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama. Hypocritically, FreedomWorks’ own Chairman, former Rep. Dick Armey (TX), was in favor of Obama’s proposal to raise the debt ceiling. Sources: H.R. 9290 (1977) H.R. 13385 (1978) H.R. 2534 (1979) H.R. 5369 (1979) H.R. 7471 (1980) H.J. Res. 569 (1980) H.J. Res 308 (1983) H.R. 5300 (1986) H.R. 2360 (1987)

H.R. 3190 (1987) H.R. 5835 (1990) H.R. 2264 (1993) H.R. 3221 (2008) H.R.1 (2009) H.R. 4314 (2009) H.J. Res. 45 (2010)

http://www.freedomworks.org/news/armey-we-have-to-raisethe-debt-ceiling (12/15/2010)

10.

Senator Hatch doesn’t support a ban on earmarks.

e way FreedomWorks paints the picture, we’d never know that Senator Hatch has voted on multiple occasions to ban earmarks and was the first senator to withdraw his few earmark requests in 2010 even before the across-the-board ban was finally imposed. Sources: Senate vote #255 (11/30/2010) Senate vote #60 (3/18/2010) http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/attn-gop-porkers-hatch-had-his-earmark-requestsstripped-from-spending-bill.php (12/15/2010)

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FreedomWorks: Reckless Deceit DECEPTION FreedomWorks has distributed

HYPOCRISY FreedomWorks attacks Senator

a document that leads readers to believe that slightly more than one-half of one percent – that’s 1/200th – of Senator Hatch’s votes define his Senate service, but it goes well beyond just taking a small vote sample. FreedomWorks has shown that they will spew outright lies in their frantic attempt to defeat Orrin Hatch, a champion of the conservative cause.

Hatch for casting many of the same votes their own Chairman Dick Armey cast. On yet even more of these votes, Senator Hatch sided with some of their favorite conservative Republicans like Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann, as well as conservative legends like Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.

FreedomWorks: Exposed 2009 Key Votes

2008 Key Votes

• Roll Call 148:

• Roll Call 10:

“ Hatch voted to allow taxpayer dollars to be taken to bail out auto manufacturers.”

“ Hatch voted for this stimulus bill, which expanded the welfare state, increased FHA loan limits, and encouraged more risky loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”

is was not even a vote on the auto bailout. Senator Hatch opposed the auto bailout from the very beginning, voting against it in December 2008.

Last election, we supported Mike Lee

Unlike the Obama “stimulus” in 2009, this bill consisted mostly of tax cuts for individuals and families. e tax relief in the bill amounted to $134 billion over five years. Because of the significant tax cuts involved, the vast majority of Republicans in both the House and Senate supported it, including tea party luminaries like Michele Bachmann and Paul Ryan.

for Senate because it was time for Utah

• Roll Call 186:

to make a change in Washington. This

“ Hatch voted to bail out the mortgage industry, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, nationalizing much of the mortgage industry, raising the ceiling on risky loans, and instituting another $4 billion housing subsidy program.”

election, we support Orrin Hatch

because it’s time for Utah to lead the change in Washington.

– Norm Bangerter & Jim Hansen

It’s Utah’s time to lead.

is claim is false. Senator Hatch voted against final passage of the mortgage bailout.


POWER HUNGRY When FreedomWorks’

RECKLESS At best, FreedomWorks is

desperate attempt at deceiving Utah voters and smearing Orrin Hatch is given a second look, they are easily exposed as a powerhungry, out-of-state special interest group that will launch outlandish attacks on a fellow conservative just so they can choose Utah’s elected officials for us. FreedomWorks thinks they know best; they don’t.

accidentally advancing Obama’s liberal agenda. At worst, their frenzied attempt to defeat Orrin Hatch is a deliberate attack on Utah’s conservative values. If they’re successful in their lust for power, they will have paved the way for the only Republican who voted for Obamacare, rather than a lifelong fiscal conservative from Utah, to become Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

We need to be working

with Orrin Hatch instead of

shooing him out of a tea party movement.

Former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK)

2007 Key Votes • Roll Call 42: “ Hatch voted for Big Labor’s job-killing minimum wage hike.” is bill included tax breaks for small businesses impacted by the increase in minimum wage and would have negated the negative impact of the increase and helped businesses in the process. Senator Hatch voted to filibuster a proposed

“clean” minimum wage increase (an increase without the tax breaks). Almost all other Republican senators – including conservatives like Jim Bunning, John Cornyn, and Jeff Sessions - joined him in supporting this bill with the tax provisions included. • Roll Call 105: “ Hatch voted to increase taxes in order to reauthorize and expand SCHIP.” • Roll Call 307: “ Hatch voted to expand the federal government’s role in health care through reauthorizing SCHIP.” Unlike Obamacare, SCHIP was originally narrowly tailored to assist a certain segment of the population and provided choice and flexibility to participating states. Put simply, SCHIP was designed to keep workers in the workforce by giving working families that didn’t quite qualify for Medicaid an alternative program so they didn’t quit working to go on more expensive government programs in a desperate attempt to insure their children. In Senator Hatch’s view, that’s a conservative goal. However, when President Obama took office, he and congressional Democrats expanded SCHIP to cover too many people and increased federal control over the program. Senator Hatch was among the most outspoken critics of these changes and voted against reauthorizing SCHIP in 2009.

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FreedomWorks: Exposed

• Roll Call 425:

• Roll Call 81:

“ Hatch voted for a flawed energy bill that contained ethanol subsidies and marked another victory for special interests and proponents of higher taxes and mandates in our energy policy.”

“ Hatch voted against including federal entities in the definition of earmarks.”

FreedomWorks is flat wrong. Senator Hatch was one of the few senators of either party who voted against final passage of the Democratic energy bill, joining Senators Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint. FreedomWorks’ citation is in reference to a preliminary vote on the bill. is flawed energy bill was expected to move with overwhelming support. Yet, prior to this preliminary vote, Senator Hatch was able to convince the Democratic managers of the bill to make some much-needed changes, including the elimination of taxes on offshore oil drilling. In return, he agreed to vote for the preliminary bill in hopes that additional improvements would be made, including the elimination of the ethanol mandate, renewable electricity standards, and the expansion of DavisBacon. When those changes did not come, Senator Hatch voted against the bill.

2006 Key Votes • Roll Call 13: “ Hatch voted with the special interest trial lawyers to create a new system for resolving claims of injury caused by asbestos exposure.” FreedomWorks’ characterization of this vote -- on an amendment to the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution (FAIR Act) of 2006 – is simply incorrect. is was a bill intended to increase fairness in the system used to resolve the asbestos litigation crisis brought on by frivolous claims and unpredictable jury awards. e “special interest trial lawyers” actually opposed this legislation because they stood to lose large sums of money in attorneys’ fees if it passed.

is particular amendment would have effectively made every item of federal discretionary spending an earmark. is would have made the appropriations process entirely unmanageable and undermined the effort to expose truly wasteful earmarks. In 2007, when the Senate was finally able to pass real earmark reform, Senator Hatch voted in favor of the amendment that expanded the definition of earmarks to include federal entities but that was more directed at actual earmarks -- funds for specific entities, localities, congressional districts, etc. -- rather than discretionary spending in general.

2005 Key Votes • Roll Call 262: “ Hatch voted against cutting the infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ in Alaska, which was the leading symbol of government waste and profligate spending in the 109th Congress.” is vote would not have saved any taxpayer funds, as the amendment would have simply shifted the funds for the “Bridge to Nowhere” and used them for another earmark. Furthermore, when it came time to vote on final passage for the bill that contained the “Bridge to Nowhere” earmark, the Senate voted to pass it by a vote of 93-1. Fiscal conservatives that also supported final passage of the bill included Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, John Kyl, and Rick Santorum. • Roll Call 286: “ Hatch voted against responsibly reducing non-defense discretionary spending.” is was just a preliminary vote on a bill Senator Hatch supported. e bill included over $100 billion in spending cuts – including savings to entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid - and was supported by every conservative Republican in the Senate. Conservative Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Rick Santorum, and Jon Kyl also supported the final bill.

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2004 Key Votes • Roll Call 65:

• Roll Call 409:

“ Hatch voted for more superfluous government spending and mandates on states.”

“ Hatch voted to increase federal control over state and local elections.”

is was a preliminary vote on the Republican effort (H.R. 4) to improve and reauthorize the welfare reforms enacted by the Republican Congress in the 1990s. ese reforms are universally considered to be among the most significant conservative reforms ever enacted. H.R. 4 was unanimously supported by Senate Republicans and by all but two House Republicans. Virtually all the Democrats in both chambers opposed the bill. • Roll Call 77: “ Hatch voted against permanently halting taxes on electric commerce imposed by the Internet Tax Freedom Act.” FreedomWorks’ description of this vote is so dishonest that it’s laughable. is was a vote in favor of the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, which explicitly banned taxation on the Internet in the United States. It’s not really clear, but it appears as though FreedomWorks believes Senator Hatch should have voted against this bill because the tax ban wasn’t permanent. Indeed, had Hatch voted against this bill, FreedomWorks undoubtedly would have said he voted in favor of Internet taxation, something he would not do.

2003 Key Votes • Roll Call 205: “ Hatch voted to keep unnecessary and expensive military bases open.” is vote was to ensure that Hill Air Force Base – which employs 26,000 Utahns and is worth roughly $5 billion a year to Utah’s economy – remained open. Had the base been closed, the economic impact for Utah would have been devastating. In any event, Hill Air Force Base is not unnecessary. It is a strategically placed in-land air base and plays a crucial role in the military defense of our country on multiple fronts.

is was a vote in favor of an amendment to provide the funding authorized by the Help America Vote Act, which in no way increased federal control over state and local elections. Instead, the law provides assistance to state and local governments in conducting federal elections. FreedomWorks is free to disagree with the Help America Vote Act, but they may want to ask their own Chairman, Dick Armey, why he voted for it in the House, along with Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and Jim DeMint. Senators voting in favor of the law included: Don Nickels, Rick Santorum, and Jon Kyl.

1998 Key Votes • Roll Call 143: “ Hatch voted to increase the tobacco tax.” Again, FreedomWorks is not telling the whole story. Senator Hatch did vote to table the bill amendment in the referenced roll call vote; however, he also voted four times to filibuster and kill the entire bill, including its tax increases.

1997 Key Votes • H.R. 2015: “ Hatch voted to increase the debt limit by $450 billion and create the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the largest expansion of taxpayer funded health insurance coverage for children in the U.S. since Medicaid.” Conveniently, FreedomWorks leaves out the title of this legislation – the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. is bill did create SCHIP, and it raised the debt ceiling, but it also represented the first balanced federal budget in over 40 years. SCHIP provided the glue necessary to get Democrats to support this bill that, by all accounts, was a major conservative victory. If FreedomWorks has questions about this, they may want to ask their own Chairman, Dick Armey. He voted in favor of it, along with stalwart conservatives like Don Nickles, Jon Kyl, and Rick Santorum.

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FreedomWorks: Exposed 1996 Key Votes

• Roll Call 601:

• H.R. 3136: “ Hatch voted to increase the debt limit by $600 billion.” is is a false claim. ere was no vote in the Senate on this legislation – it passed by unanimous consent because no one in the Senate viewed it as controversial. is was the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996. It included many elements of the Contract with America -- the centerpiece of the 1994 Republican Revolution – including the scaling back of business regulations and greater congressional oversight on the regulatory process. In fact, FreedomWorks’ own Chairman Dick Armey supported it, as did every single Republican senator.

“ Hatch voted against legislation that provided congressional oversight of U.S. taxpayer dollars sent to murky and volatile regions such as war-stricken Bosnia.” Prior to this vote, Senator Hatch strongly criticized President Clinton’s Bosnia policy on the Senate floor. He had already publicly advocated alternatives to U.S. intervention into Bosnia. However, he ultimately believed that politics should not be inserted into a conflict wherein American troops may be put in harm’s way or defunded.

1993 Key Votes • Roll Call 317:

1995 Key Votes • Roll Call 408: “ Hatch voted against requiring the most able-bodied, non-elderly food stamp recipients to work for 40 hours during every 4-week period.” is was a vote on an amendment to a welfare reform proposal that was ultimately vetoed by President Clinton. e following year, Senator Hatch was a leader in Congress’s efforts to finally pass a welfare reform bill that President Clinton would sign. e latter bill actually included a stronger work requirement than the one FreedomWorks listed here.

“ Hatch voted against an amendment proposed by Nickles (R-OK), which would have prohibited the use of funds to support U.S. armed forces under the command of United Nations commanders.” Senator Hatch supported the goals of this amendment. He was even an original cosponsor. However, he was concerned that playing political football with funding for troops already deployed in the field would unnecessarily put lives of soldiers at risk. • Roll Call 389: “ Hatch voted to kill this amendment introduced by Senator Stevens (R-Alaska) that would have reduced the costly environmental and labor regulations imbedded in NAFTA.”

I think Orrin Hatch was

the original ‘tea partier.’

Sal Russo, Tea Party Express

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Senator Hatch is one of Congress’s most outspoken supporters of free trade and was a strong proponent of the agreement. Passage of this amendment would have ultimately killed NAFTA in the Senate and handed Big Labor a victory at the expense of the free trade movement, which is why the vast majority of those voting in favor of the Stevens Amendment were free trade opponents. FreedomWorks' Chairman, Dick Armey, agreed with the final bill, even without this amendment.


1992 Key Votes • Roll Call 264: “ Hatch voted to override President Bush’s veto of a bill that expanded government encroachment in television by regulating the cable television industry.” When the regulations of the 1992 law proved to be ineffective, Senator Hatch supported the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which deregulated the cable industry.

1990 Key Votes • Roll Call 292:

Yet again, FreedomWorks is lying. Senator Hatch actually voted against the final version of the 1990 budget agreement and has since decried the agreement as an example of what happens when Republicans exchange tax increases for promises of spending cuts. • Roll Call 307: “ Hatch voted against prohibiting the National Endowment for the Arts from using tax payer money for morally depraved purposes.” FreedomWorks leaves out half the story. As a strong advocate of free speech and the arts, Senator Hatch believed that the content restrictions in the Helms Amendment were too broadly written. After voting against the amendment, Senator Hatch, with the support of Utah organizations like the Utah Symphony and Ballet West, offered an amendment of his own requiring sanctions against NEA grantees that create art that is obscene.

What’s crucial going

forward is that we stop the President’s agenda and take back the United States Senate. I feel that Orrin Hatch would be a terrific elder statesman to a lot of these other young guys who

“ Hatch voted for a tax-and-spend laden budget, which at the time amounted to the largest tax increase in U.S. history.”

I’m going to be pushing in these other states.

Mark Levin, Conservative Talk Radio Host

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FreedomWorks: Exposed 1984 Key Votes • H.AMDT.798: “ Hatch voted against striking funds from the NEA.” is is false on two counts: 1) H. Amdt. 798 was a House amendment, so Senator Hatch could not have voted for it; 2) e amendment had nothing to do with the National Endowment of the Arts; it would have stripped funding from the National Endowment of Democracies.

1982 Key Votes • H.R.4961: “ Hatch voted for what was the largest tax increase in history at that time.” Context is needed here. Senator Hatch has a long and distinguished record of supporting lower taxes in order to keep the U.S. economy moving. is legislation was a deficit reduction bill negotiated by President Ronald Reagan and Congress in order to continue fighting the Cold War. is was a Reagan effort that was partly responsible for the fall of the Soviet Union, and Senator Hatch supported President Reagan.

is was a vote that split the Republican caucus down the middle. Twenty-five Republican senators voted with Senator Hatch, including the renowned fiscal conservative Barry Goldwater, who FreedomWorks cites in other votes where they criticize Orrin Hatch.

1980 Key Votes • Roll Call 354: “ Hatch voted against easing roadblocks and regulations for trucking firms.” is vote was on an amendment to the Motor Carrier Act, a landmark bill that was responsible for massive deregulation of the trucking industry, scaling back price controls and entry barriers for trucking companies. Senator Hatch strongly supported the Motor Carrier Act, which was a boon to the trucking industry. Hatch voted against this amendment but in favor of the broad deregulation contained in the overall bill.

1977 Key Votes “ Hatch voted to impose nanny state regulations on auto manufacturers, leading to an increase in the cost of cars.” is was a procedural vote on a non-binding resolution expressing the Senate’s disapproval of a Department of Transportation decision to begin requiring the installation of airbags in new cars. It didn’t impose anything.

1981 Key Votes • Roll Call 336: “ Hatch voted against cutting 5 percent of obligational spending from the Department of Interior Appropriations bill.”

I think Orrin Hatch was the original “tea partier.” He has been talking about our issues from the beginning. Orrin is a Reagan conservative as far as I’m concerned, and that’s as good as it gets.

Sal Russo, Tea Party Express

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Who is FreedomWorks? FreedomWorks is an out-of-state special interest group chaired by Dick Armey, the former Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives working under Newt Gingrich and D.C. lobbyist. Now, FreedomWorks is using the same playbook against Senator Hatch that Newt Gingrich is using against Mitt Romney - launching hypocritical attacks against their opponents. • Dick Armey voted to raise the Debt Limit in 1996, 1997, and again in 2002 to the tune of $1.5 trillion. • Dick Armey earned $750,000 per year lobbying for banks, green-energy producers and companies trying to shape the stimulus package that FreedomWorks now says they oppose. (“Armey Had Irons in Many Dueling Fires,” e Dallas Morning News, 10/29/09.)

Dick Armey (left) with Newt Gingrich

• Dick Armey’s lobbying work also helped corporations and organizations get money from the stimulus/bailout packages. (“Armey Had Irons in Many Dueling Fires,” e Dallas Morning News, 10/29/09.)

Why doesn’t FreedomWorks want Utah to lead the Senate Finance Committee? The executive management team for FreedomWorks has never clearly stated why they prefer the values of a moderate senator from the state of Maine to lead the Senate Finance Committee instead of Utah’s fiscal conservative values, but they are belligerently determined nonetheless. They have even gone against the wishes of Steve Forbes and C. Boyden Gray, two of their Foundation Board Members who have publicly endorsed Senator Orrin Hatch.

When Orrin Hatch first came to the Senate, he courageously battled anti-growth, anti-business legislation being vigorously pushed by Big Labor...His pro-growth, pro-entrepreneurial efforts continue to this day.

Steve Forbes

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I’m not sure if Clarence Thomas would be on the bench today but for [Orrin Hatch]. I don’t think guys like John Roberts and Sam Alito would be there either. What [he’s] done for the Supreme Court, which is impacting this country literally now for generations and decades, is why I’ve endorsed [him] for [his] race in the Senate.

– Sean Hannity Conservative Talk Radio Host


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